While much of the News 5 team has been on the political trail, my colleague Jacqueline Woods today had a chance to spend this sunny afternoon in a place where fun is usually the order of the day. But as the following story proves, some work was being done today in San Pedro.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting
It has been fourteen years that the Belize Bank has been doing business on the island, and during that time, Ambergris Caye and it's town of San Pedro have grown to the point that the original premises could no longer suffice. To meet the increased demand, the bank has constructed a modern and spacious building that should be able to accommodate its over six thousand clients on the caye.

Michael Castillo, Dir./Manager, Belize Bank, San Pedro
"A lot of condominiums going up, more people out here on the island, more tourists. And of course with the growth of business we needed more space, more staff to take care of the customers, so we needed more space."
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Jacqueline Woods
"Now that you have this added space, does that mean an increase in services to your customers?"

Michael Castillo
"Well, of course we have always offered a wide range of services. However, the constraints of the size of the building limited us from offering some of our other services we do in other areas. For example, we have put in a new A.T.M. machine so people can access their accounts at any part of the country where there's a Belize bank A.T.M. We now have night deposit services, we've expanded our safety deposit box, we have more safety deposit boxes for rental."

Presently, the San Pedro branch employs twenty-four people. The building, which was constructed at a cost of three million dollars, is located on Barrier Reef Drive. Jacqueline Woods for News 5.

The building was designed by Edel Gongora, an architect from Benque Viejo Del Carmen.